Most people know that driving when drunk is a huge danger.
But those same people may be guilty of a behavior that can be just as unsafe: distracted driving.
Have you ever been guilty of texting, calling, or checking email while driving? What about being so consumed in your thoughts that you suddenly get to your destination and don’t even remember how you got there? These forms of distracted driving put you and other drivers at risk.
Defining Distracted Driving
According to the official U.S. Government’s website devoted to distracted driving, drivers may be distracted by engaging in any of these activities:
- Making phone calls
- Eating or drinking
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video screen
- Making adjustments to the radio
Doing any of these things while driving makes you more likely to be involved in a preventable accident.
Distracted Driving: a Risky Practice Worsened by Technology
The phenomenon of distracted driving isn’t new. Drivers have been distracted by passengers, the radio and unexpected sights along the road for as long as cars have been around. However, the opportunities for distracted driving are more numerous than ever thanks to cell phones and other technology.
Drunk, High and Distracted
Combine alcohol or drug use with the bad habit of distracted driving, and scientists are likely to label you as an accident waiting to happen. In fact, estimates suggest that 40 percent of fatal car crashes involve drugs or alcohol. Your chances of being involved in a crash only grow if you are under the influence and distracted.
Young People Are Particularly at Risk
Drivers who are in their teens and 20s seem to be especially vulnerable to distracted driving accidents. A full 10 percent of drivers aged 15-19 were reported as being distracted at the moment of a fatal crash. At the same time, drivers in their 20s are responsible for 38 percent of fatal crashes involving the use of cell phones. Plainly, it’s time to put an end to distracted driving.
Distracted driving among teens, employees, and members of the Kansas City community are a huge concern. ARCpoint Labs of Independence can help prevent drunk, drugged, and distracted driving with our drug and alcohol testing services. We even offer DOT testing for organizations regulated by the federal government, helping reduce your liability and improve employee safety.